Reporting stories at the intersection of Community, policy, and science.
Hannah Hagemann is a journalist with the Santa Cruz Sentinel covering environment, water, wildfire impacts, and all things South County. In this role, her reporting has been featured by The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times.
She was recently awarded two 2020 California Journalism Awards: a first place in wildfire feature coverage and a second place award for in-depth reporting.
Before that she was a 2019-2020 NPR Kroc Fellow. In that role she reported for NPR, KQED, and KAZU, covering the CZU Lightning Complex fire on the ground for the network. Her reporting was regularly featured on NPR's hourly newscast, as well as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition.
Hagemann has a master's in science journalism from UC Santa Cruz and enjoys reporting stories at the intersection of community, policy and science. She's reported in-depth on environmental impacts and public health.
Before beginning a career in journalism, Hagemann worked as a geologist. She sampled and cleaned up industrial pollution across California with drill crews, railroad foremen and high-level regulators. The work brought Hagemann to remote corners of the Mojave and sprawling air force bases, but most often she was investigating contamination in working-class communities across Southern California.
In her free time, Hagemann enjoys hiking, skiing, mountain biking and seeing live bluegrass and funk music. She also paints landscapes and writes poetry. Currently, she's using the internet to learn how to play banjo.